10 step complete guide for starting a consulting business from scratch.
How to Find Investors
Every entrepreneur worries about how much it will cost to start their new business. In a perfect world, we could all fund our own business ventures without any outside help. But, the truth is that most people can’t do it alone.
Here’s everything you need to know about finding investors for your new business.
Consider whether you need money, advice, or both
As with any relationship, it’s important to know what your goals and expectations are. Are you more interested in raising capital? Or are you looking for someone that can help you grow your business?
Crowdfunding can be an option for some businesses
Raising funds from a group of people genuinely interested in your business and its offerings can be a great way to start.
Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have made it easy to connect with potential customers and build capital that way. The challenge is finding enough people interested in what you have to offer, and then following through on your promises. But, don’t look at crowdfunding if you want a true business partnership.
If, on the other hand, you want to gauge consumer interest and form a direct relationship with people who believe in your business, you might want to give crowdfunding a try.
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Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists
Angel investors and venture capitalists provide a more traditional route to raise funds. You’ll need to sell these investors on the financial viability of your business.
But know that this is a very tough path to raising funding for most small businesses. Venture capitalists and angels are looking for billion-dollar exits and most small businesses aren’t tackling problems big enough that justify such exists.
If you have an idea that could potentially interest a VC or angel investor, it’s essential to walk into your pitch meeting knowing what you’re looking for and how you’re going to get there. No one wants to invest in someone who doesn’t understand their own business.
Be prepared for investors to want a greater role in your business. Investors are investing their money in your business in the hopes that they will make a return on their investment. They want to be sure that you’re running your business in a way that is likely to ensure that return.
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